High School Sports

JT Phillips signs with Armstrong Atlantic

Former Columbus High standout JT Phillips has signed to play for Armstrong Atlantic next season, the university announced in a news release.

Phillips was a member of the 2006 Little League team that won the Little League World Series. He then was part of three state championship teams at Columbus High.

He batted .256 in his freshman season at Georgia in 2013 before he was dismissed from the team.

This past season, he played at Georgia Perimeter Junior College, where he earned GJCAA Player of the Year honors as well as NJCAA All-American honors. He batted .419 with 19 doubles and 50 RBIs. He led the GJCAA with seven saves.

"JT is a big time talent coming to us from Georgia Perimeter College," Armstrong coach Calvain Culberson said. "I think JT's background of success as a player on winning teams speaks for itself. You always want to associate yourself with players that have winning backgrounds and JT has done that with Coach Bobby Howard at Columbus High School and follow it up with a great season with Coach Brett Campbell at Georgia Perimeter College.

"JT is a pro type player both on the mound and at the plate. He will have immediate impact for us as a two-way player. We hope JT can develop into more of a starting role on the mound while anchoring the middle of our lineup. JT has a bright future in our game; we hope we can be a stepping stone for him in a long career."

Phillips could have another option for his career as the MLB draft starts Thursday. Phillips is the top-rated JUCO player in Georgia and the 18th-rated player overall in the state.